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Sunday, November 22, 2020


The Madibaland World Literary Festival is currently zooming (from November 20 for two weeks). All is free, people merely need to follow link and register for day of their choice and get their zoom link sent.

“It's going to be the festival of the year,” beams Festival Director Darryl David. “It might very well be the only festival of the year but, boy, will it make up for the many that we missed!”

At the end of April, David announced nothing more than a dream to create the world's largest online literary festival. Four months later, he proudly announced the launch of the inaugural Madibaland Book Festival from November 20 to 30, 2020.

For those not familiar with South Africa, the festival name was inspired by a travel book of the same name by well-known writer and journalist Denis Beckett, which in turn was inspired by a man who needs no introduction, a man known the world over - Nelson Mandela - who was lovingly called Madiba in this part of the world.

The festival is a partnership between the University of the Western Cape and Book Town Richmond, the only Book Town in South Africa and on the African continent. The University of the Western Cape, which this year celebrates its 60th anniversary, will take charge of the online architecture for the festival, leaving Book Town Richmond to concentrate on what they do best - create unforgettable book festivals. And when you see the line-up for the inaugural festival it is clear that this festival has the potential to become the flagship international book festival to come out of SA.

And few would argue with the statement above when you peruse through the list of writers set to speak at the inaugural festival. There are literally writers from every corner of the world. And the who's who of SA writers have assembled for this festival.

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For further queries, contact the Festival Director Darryl Earl David at or on WhatsApp on 066 455 8822; website: